October 7 postgame quotes: New York
Alain Vigneault, on the win:
I really liked the way we responded after they scored, we came right back at them and we kept pushing the pace. Obviously, we got a little bit lucky on the third goal but part of this game you need a little bit of luck and we got it there.
Vigneault, on Ryan Callahan’s return:
It was my first time seeing him live in a game being his head coach and he brings a lot to the game. Poised with the puck, competitive nature when he doesn’t have it, finishes every check and for a player that is not that big in size he certainly plays a big game.
Vigneault, on the team’s forecheck:
I thought our guys did a good job of pressuring their defense and because of that we created some turnovers that led to some grade A scoring opportunities and we were able to capitalize on a couple.
Ryan Callahan, on the team’s toughness:
That was something addressed about the first game. We didn’t think we competed hard enough, especially with one on one battles. We thought we could’ve competed harder and I thought we did that tonight. From finishing our checks to making sure we were hard on them in the defensive zone and the offensive zone.
Callahan, on the team’s cohesion:
It gets a little hectic on the bench just because you have guys filling in everywhere. Everyone is playing the same system. So no matter who you’re playing with that doesn’t change. Everyone just kept working and kept playing.
Brad Richards, on the start to the season:
Really it’s good just to feel good about a win… you contribute, you win and go build on it. You’re going to get some chances and you’re going to set up some chances. That’s the main thing; we contributed tonight.
Richards, on the team’s composure:
We just played a lot more desperate hockey. You don’t know if you’re going to win or lose. That’s not why we won. We didn’t just say we’re going to win. We played a solid a first period. You could tell we were back in the game, everyone was physical and we handled our surges and that was a good sign.